The Carbon Monoxide Laser: A Review,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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A review of the CO laser is presented. First, a brief review of the general operational characteristics of a CO laser and the principle of partial inversion is given. Then the principle of anharmonic V-V pumping is presented. A state-of-the-art review of the various types of CW CO lasers is presented together with the excitation and inversion mechanisms of these CO lasers. These include the following the electric CO laser, the CO-N2 flow laser, the CO, GDL gas dynamic laser, and the chemical CO laser. Finally, a recently proposed CO GDL pumped by an electron-beam E-beam ionizer-sustainer discharge system is described. This new laser system could have both the high efficiency of an electrically pumped CO GDL and the high power of a thermally pumped CO GDL because of the unique operational requirements of the CO laser.
- Lasers and Masers
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy